Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers Announce Steps to Protect the Environment and Grow the Regional Economy

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The Press Release can be downloaded here.

Chicago, Illinois - The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers today announced a series of actions to protect the environment, promote sustainable economic growth, improve transportation and boost international trade.   

“I’m proud of the bold agenda we’ve put forth to grow our economies while protecting the Great Lakes watershed that connects all of us,” said Gov. Evers, Chair of the Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers. “By working together to transition to cleaner energy and address harmful contaminants in our water, we can connect the dots on our economic recovery and ensure we’re all moving toward a more equitable and sustainable future.”

“We welcome the opportunity to work with our many partners from across the region to restore and protect our Great Lakes now and for future generations,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Vice Chair of the Conference of Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers. “These policies will help our region advance by uniting behind a project to prevent invasive carp from entering the Great Lakes, supporting ongoing restoration work at our Areas of Concern, and promoting economic development projects.”  

Today’s announcements include a series of ambitious actions to grow the region’s US$6 trillion economy and protect the world’s greatest freshwater system:

"The Great Lakes serve as an extraordinary environmental and economic treasure for the entire region," said New York Governor Kathy Hochul. "It is our duty to protect and restore this critical resource, and I am committed to continue to advance this work in coordination with our partners across the region for the benefit of all New Yorkers and the nation." 

The Governors and Premiers continue to collaborate with one another, and with other partners, toward shared goals.  A series of webinars will be held in coming weeks featuring prominent speakers discussing the challenges and opportunities the region faces:


September 23, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. EDT
Maritime transportation Webinar

Moderator: Director Jack Marchbanks, Ohio Department of Transportation


Speakers: Mr. David Bolduc, Executive Director, Green Marine;
Dr. David Closs, Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University/Axia Institute
Captain Drew Ferguson, President, PHASTAR Corp.--Introduction of students from Davis Aerospace and Maritime High School




September 29, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. EDT
Water infrastructure Webinar


Moderator: Commissioner Bruno Pigott, Indiana Department of Environmental Management


Speakers: Secretary Preston Cole, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources;
Ms. Crystal M.C. Davis, Vice President of Policy & Strategic Engagement, Alliance for the Great Lakes;
Ms. Helen Davis Johnson, President, Michigan Municipal League Foundation



October 1, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. EDT
Great Lakes Impact Investment Platform Webinar

 Moderator: Treasurer Rachael Eubanks, State of Michigan

Speakers: Mr. Mike Manning, Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer, Ontario Finance Authority;
Dr. Michele Pitale, Managing Partner, CounterpointeSRE;
Dr. Sanjiv K. Sinha, Chief Sustainability Officer and Senior Vice President, ECT



October 4, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. EDT
Invasive Species Webinar


Moderator: Ms. Erika Jensen, Executive Director, Great Lakes Commission

Speakers: Director Colleen Callahan, Illinois Department of Natural Resources;
Ms. Sarah Rang, Executive Director, Invasive Species Centre of Ontario;
Mr. Thor Sigfusson, Founder, Iceland Ocean Cluster



October 15, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. EDT
Economic Development Opportunity of Carbon


Moderator:  Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, State of Wisconsin


Mr. Patrick Bloom, Vice President, Government Relations, Cleveland-Cliffs

Mr. Rich Bowman, Policy Director, The Nature Conservancy, Michigan Chapter

Mr. Jean Simard, President and CEO, Aluminum Association of Canada



Further information including adopted resolutions, action items and registration information for the webinars is available on this website.  

The Conference of Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers unites the chief executives from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Québec and Wisconsin. The Governors and Premiers work as equal partners to grow the region’s US$6 trillion economy and protect the world’s largest system of surface fresh water. This partnership builds upon over 30 years of work by the Council of Great Lakes Governors to encourage and facilitate environmentally responsible economic development.




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